Discovering promises of the New Testament.
Sharing hot chocolate recipes.
This week's Promise and Recipe:
Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate & Matthew 5:12
"(11)God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. (12)Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way. "
As always, may we be thankful for the promises the Lord gives us, and grateful that he has written them down for us to know and understand.
The promise in Matthew 5:12 reminds us that our joy comes from the Lord. That our happiness and contentment should not be in earthly rewards. This verse says "be happy" and "be glad". This means to rejoice!! For in this life there will be trials, but be comforted in knowing that when you are judged, challenged, or persecuted because of your faith, it is not only unnoticed by God, it is rewarded! When in faith, we face opposition we not only are rewarded an eternal reward, but there are earthly rewards as well: lessons of strength, growth, and conviction. And in these moments our faith can be a light to others to seek and find Christ. What a blessing!
Let's not forget that God's greatest prophets faced persecution as well. Let them be a light and example to us in times when we face challenging circumstances while standing in faith.
I encourage you to read about Elijah, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Amos, Micah and Daniel. They were:
Told to be quiet.
Threatened with death.
Kept in chains.
But great was their reward!
And God was with them!
For God says:
He is always with us. (Joshua 1:9, Deuteronomy 31:6)
He is our shield. (Genesis 15:1, Deuteronomy 33:29)
He fights for us. (Exodus 14:14)
He will strengthen us. (Isaiah 41:10)
Jesus gives us this promise in Matthew 5:12 so that we can focus on things above, we can be comforted and we can be strengthened!
Rejoice, my friend! Celebrate the challenges our faith brings us, and count it all joy! (James 1:2-3)
Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
Make your usual hot chocolate recipe (4 cups)
Add the following:
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
4 teaspoons either honey or caramel sauce
Whipped cream, add a cinnamon stick if desired, and enjoy!
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